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Plating on plastic


Seeking info on supporting electrolyte use in nickel plating on different types of plastic. please don't hesitate to give me a help. Thanks.

I want to make Polyester or Plastic covered with nickel and I don't know which process. Does someone know a process that can help me?

Thanks a lot.

Youssef Ahbachou
- casablanca


We have a low temperature PVD process that works on plastics. The coating adhesion is great, and a wide variety of coatings can be deposited -- including hard coatings such as TiN and ZrN. We might be able to help you if you tell us your application.

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Jim Treglio
PVD Consultant - San Diego, California


Yes, but does that wide variety of coatings include nickel, Jim?

Ted Mooney,
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Ted Mooney, P.E.
Pine Beach, New Jersey


Metals are the easiest to deposit. Nickel is somewhat more difficult because it is ferromagnetic -- we use magnets in our arc sources -- but this problem can be overcome.

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Jim Treglio
- San Diego, California


youssef, you may want to use a plating on plastic commercial process which is made on injection molded abs plastic parts. if your application is casted polyester resin (in rubber molds)then a different process should be used involving metallising the part,heavy copper plating it and then nickel plate. daniel

daniel livshitz
- tel aviv israel

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